Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

USD 232 dedicates two new schools

September 27, 2007

Two new schools in De Soto USD 232 were dedicated Sunday afternoon, a little more than one month after they opened their doors for students.

Students, parents, staff and dignitaries attended the two dedication ceremonies at Mill Creek Middle School and at Horizon Elementary School.

Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., presented the schools with flags that flew over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

"Education is not about beautiful school buildings. It's about the staff, students and parents who care about education," he said during the Mill Creek dedication. "Whenever I visit one of these great schools, I can't help but wish every child in America had the opportunity to attend one of these schools."

De Soto Board of Education President Janine Gracy said the cooperation of the teachers and the administration can be seen through the students.

"Teachers and administration make this school a community of learning where children can come in every day and reach their highest potential," she said.

The ceremony at Mill Creek began with performances by the Mill Creek band and vocal music students.

Mill Creek Principal Tim Drake thanked his staff for working hard to prepare the school for its first year and recognized them by having them all stand.

Later, Drake described how the school got its motto: "Enter to learn, go forth to serve."

He said several years ago he heard a World War II veteran speak at an assembly. She told a story about her school and how they had the motto "Enter to learn, go forth to serve," Drake said.

"I thought, 'You know if I ever have a chance to use that someday what an awesome opportunity that would be," he said. "We are dedicated to that whole premise and promise that we will teach them but once they leave we want them to give back to the community."

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